Sign-Up: Improve your Scales in Two Weeks!

Sign up now for our very first Two Week Intensive on "Improve your Scales"! We will focus on Czerny's Exercises no.61 and no.69 from his op.599 set, Burgmuller Op.100 no.6 "Progres" and the Final page of Chopin's Ballade no.1 (where the scales begin!).

Improve your Scales in Two Weeks! 

  • Sign-Up Period: June 13th - 17th
  • Course Period: June  20th - July 1st
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: June  24th at 11 am PT


Group 1

Vidhya Bashyam



Andrea Buckland



Barbara Blakeslee

Sindre Skarelven

Jarkko Janhunen

Gail Starr

Harry Neuwirth

Peter Hirsch

Susan Rogers

Fides Cutiongco

Alistair Bertram

Group 2



Tommy Johnson


Natale Farrell


Rudelle Gaje

Harriet Kaplan

Sigurd Bj酶rhovde


Himanshu Bhardwaj





Group 3

Maya Martin

Rebecca Lam

Shaw-Jiun Wang



Gary Hamer



Claudio Carrani

Lin W.

Lorraine Nelson


Larry Johnson

Charlie Gesualdo

Michael Palmer

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    • makesmi01
    • makesmi01
    • 1 mth ago
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    I love Scales. Please sign me up :-)

  • Sign me up.  It's about time I start using my membership here :). And it looks like a fun challenge.

    • Giuseppe
    • Giuseppe
    • 1 mth ago
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    Signme up if there is still place

  • Sign me up as well please!

  • Sign me up please! 

  • Looking forward to this!  Great to see the enthusiastic group.

  • Hello there! I would love to sign up if it is still possible!

  • How to Sign-up? I'm new here. No button/link to push. thanks.

  • I'd like to sign up!

  • Please sign me up

    • Leanne
    • Leanne
    • 1 mth ago
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    I would like to participate. Please sign me up. Thanks

    • Lc
    • lc_piano
    • 1 mth ago
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    What a wonderful idea!

    I'd love to participate if there's still room. Thank you!

  • I'd love to participate! Count me in!

  • I would like to sign up for this course please. Thank you 

    • Christo
    • Christo
    • 1 mth ago
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    I would like to sign up please, thanks!

  • I would like to sign up.

  • This sounds great! Please sign me up.

  • I would love to sign up! 

  • I love to sign up too! Everyone needs to master Scale :-)

  • oh no I'm late! is there still room?

  • Thank you so much! Very excited!

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  • I have been away from home doing different things for most of the last three weeks so sorry not to sign up for this but I can see that you have over 140 people already as I saw the live stream yesterday.

    It will be so useful to see others being taught on the scales so not participating in the actual teaching is not a problem.  

    I am using some alternative fingerings for scales taken from Penelope Roskell, which I haven't extended to 'scales in thirds' to date , but which I shall now do. 

    I did not practise scales very much in the past and with no clear methodology.  My first objective with scales when I joined TB was to play all of the scales, 2 octaves, parallel motion, hands together, which I now do, with the exception of the melodic minors. 

    The melodic minors are the same as the harmonic (1-5 going up) and the same as the major (4-8 again going up).  The melodic minor is the same as the relative major on the way down but starting a minor third lower. 

    I am with Martha Argerich on this one [joke!], who said she only practises the minor passages within her repertoire and not the minor scales.  I think this is because it is very unlikely that the melodic and harmonic minors ever come entirely in those forms in compositions.  The minor sections are usually a mixture of both forms of minor and the modal. [This thesis is likely to have been addressed in numerous PhDs in the past, none of which I have read]  

    NB: I did not apply this approach to the flute, of course, as that would not have worked in examinations!   

    I now try to go through all the harmonic minors as much as possible.  I am going to use the suggestion from Dominic Cheli  of 25% of the practise time going forward - half an hour in two hours, etc.  I tend to avoid pieces if I have very little time to practise - just playing scales instead, which I may try to adjust going forward but I am making up for lost time with scales, so I am happy to continue like that for now, but I take the point that I should be developing more repertoire pieces.

    I only do parallel motion at the moment so I shall reduce the number of scales practised each week but include thirds and contrary motion. 

    I shall start with the live stream on scales from Dominic Cheli , which I missed when it was live.

    Enough for now!

    Have a terrific 2-weeks! 

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  • I would like to join! This group gives me hope to master the coda of the Chopin Ballade #1 in g minor. 

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  • Hello Everyone!!!


    We are overwhelmed by your interest in this new community activity and we did not expect this huge response! Unfortunately, we need to limit it to 3 groups of 15 people as we want to be able to concentrate on each individual participant. But stay tuned, we have heard you and we will continue with the Two Week Intensives and especially with this particular topic! Sorry for everyone who don't get to participate this month, we are opening up the Sign-Up-Perdiod for the activities in the 2nd week of each month!

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      • Lin W.
      • I need to practice 馃幑馃幓
      • buddleia
      • 1 mth ago
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      Dominic Cheli Hi Dominic, where can I find the links to the scale resources that you mentioned in the livestream? E.g. Alfred's, Liszt, etc.

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